The Latest: Arrington blames Sanford for GOP US House loss

Published 11-07-2018

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on Democrats flipping a U.S. House seat in South Carolina (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Republican Katie Arrington says she has conceded her U.S. House race in South Carolina to her Democratic challenger as she blamed her former Republican primary opponent for not adequately supporting her.

Arrington spoke Wednesday morning at the same Charleston hotel where less than 12 hours earlier, she told supporters that she was close to victory.

Instead, attorney and ocean engineer Joe Cunningham became the first Democrat to win in the coastal 1st District since 1978.

Arrington beat incumbent Mark Sanford in the Republican primary, and blamed his lack of support for her defeat.

Arrington says Sanford couldn't understand the race was about the conservative movement and not him and called on conservatives who donated to Sanford's campaign to request their money back.

Arrington says she will be back in 2020 and asked her supporters to pray for the nation now that Democrats control the U.S. House.

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2:05 a.m.

In a loss for a candidate who had the backing of President Donald Trump, South Carolina is sending a new Democrat to Congress for the

Arrington says Sanford couldn't understand the race was about the conservative movement and not him and called on conservatives who donated to Sanford's campaign to request their money back.

Arrington says she will be back in 2020 and asked her supporters to pray for the nation now that Democrats control the U.S. House.

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2:05 a.m.

In a loss for a candidate who had the backing of President Donald Trump, South Carolina is sending a new Democrat to Congress for the first time in more than 25 years.

Attorney and ocean engineer Joe Cunningham beat state Rep. Katie Arrington in Tuesday's election.

The Republican Arrington knocked off incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in June's primary thanks to Trump's support.

But Cunningham used that Trump backing to say Arrington was too conservative for the coastal South Carolina district whose residents are richer and less to the right than the rest of the state.

The Democrat hit Arrington especially hard on offshore drilling, an important issue in a district that stretches from

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2:05 a.m.

In a loss for a candidate who had the backing of President Donald Trump, South Carolina is sending a new Democrat to Congress for the first time in more than 25 years.

Attorney and ocean engineer Joe Cunningham beat state Rep. Katie Arrington in Tuesday's election.

The Republican Arrington knocked off incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in June's primary thanks to Trump's support.

But Cunningham used that Trump backing to say Arrington was too conservative for the coastal South Carolina district whose residents are richer and less to the right than the rest of the state.

The Democrat hit Arrington especially hard on offshore drilling, an important issue in a district that stretches from Charleston to Hilton Head Island.

Cunningham is the first new Democrat from South Carolina to head to Congress since Jim Clyburn in 1992.

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